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This weekend, we concluded our Romans series, focusing on Romans 16, and we celebrated Palm Sunday as well. In his message, Joe shared about the call on our lives to participate in the spread of the gospel. As the body of Christ, we are all part of that mission, and we need to take every opportunity to point people to the finished work of Christ, because “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Pre-Service Song – “Our God’s Alive” (Em) [Andy Cherry, Jason Ingram, Dan Muckala]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship – Congregational Scripture Reading – Matthew 21:9
“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” (G) [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]
“You Have Overcome” (G) [Bill Horn, Erik Oldberg]
“Hosanna” (E) [Brooke Fraser]
“Son of God” (G) [Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld, Ed Cash, Gordon Cochran]
Prayer
Message – “Romans 16:17-27” [Joe Hishmeh]

“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal


“Our God’s Alive”
 – This is a new song that we are continuing to teach in preparation for our Easter services. This song is by a new artist named Andy Cherry on his newly-released album, Nothing Left To Fear. I love this song. It’s a power anthem about Christ’s victory over sin and death, and the hope that we have in Him. I’m really looking forward to singing it together for Easter!

“Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)” – This song is perfect as a call to worship song, and it’s perfect for Palm Sunday weekend. This weekend I shared about the meaning of the phrases “Hosanna to the Son of David” with our congregation. “Hosanna” is a cry for help meaning “Save!” but eventually became a statement of praise because the only people you would say this to are the ones who could actually do something about it – someone who is able and mighty to rescue you. “The Son of David” was a name for the awaited Messiah, who would be the last King in the line of David, and who would restore God’s Kingdom. So, that expression really means something like: “Save us, Messiah!” This song elaborates on that thought very clearly.

“You Have Overcome” – This was a new song that I wrote with the help of our NextGen worship leader (and my good friend) Erik Oldberg. I’m really excited that we have now written two songs in the past three weeks, one for Easter and one for Good Friday (I’ll share that one later this week hopefully). At the outset, I expressed the desire to write an Easter/resurrection song that was vertical, i.e. singing TO Jesus rather than ABOUT Jesus. Most Easter songs are singing about Jesus and the resurrection, rather than singing praise directly to Him. That was the beginning of this song. I’ll do a more thorough write-up this week along with the demo.

I finished the song up on Friday (I can’t remember the last time I had to wrestle with a song like this one – talk about last minute!), and we introduced it to our congregation this weekend.  For the first time ever hearing the song, the church sang it well. I’m can’t wait to sing it for Easter together! Here’s the lyric:

“You Have Overcome”
Words by Bill Horn, Music by Bill Horn and Erik Oldberg

Verse 1
We were dead in our sin
And lost in lies
No escape, no way out
No end in sight 

Verse 2
You bore our cross, paid our debt
And won our peace
You tread our sin beneath Your feet
And set us free 

Chorus
You have overcome the power of the grave
No one else can save us, no one else can save
Death is overwhelmed and buried in defeat
No one else can raise us, no one else can raise us
Jesus, You have overcome 

Verse 3
The empty tomb, the death of death
The battle done
The Lamb who died now alive
The Mighty One 

Bridge
You have overcome
You are the Way, You are the Way
You have overcome
You are the Truth, You are the Truth
You have overcome
You are the Life, You are the Life
You have overcome
You are alive, You are alive 

Like I said, we will try to get a demo recording of some kind up this week for our church to become more familiar with it, and I will post it here on the blog as well. If you would like a simple demo from my voice recorder, I can send it to you. Just let me know.

“Hosanna” – Hannah Cox led us as we sang this song this weekend. It was her first time leading an entire song for our congregation, and she did a good job stepping up. This song is one of our congregation’s favorites, and it was a great fit for Palm Sunday weekend.

“Son of God” – This song is one of my favorites, and the congregation has really taken hold of it. I love how it proclaims the person and the work of Jesus, and then sings of His great worth – “You are worthy/ You are worthy/ You are worthy of all my praise/ You are beautiful/ You are beautiful/ I will life up my hands and sing.”

“Your Great Name” – We responded to the message by singing of the central figure from the whole letter to the Romans – Jesus Christ. He is the focus of this song. His name is exalted because He has rescued us and given us hope. He is our Redeemer and Savior. He is worthy of our praise.

This weekend was a good weekend. I think our church might have been a little distracted/affected by the Kansas final four basketball game on Saturday night, but I think we were able to spend some quality time worshiping the Savior. I’m sad that the Romans series is done. It has been a beautiful twelve weeks working through it together. I wish we could go through it again. 🙂

Because today (Sunday) was April Fool’s, one of our keyboardists who is also a tech team member, Cory Zipperle, expressed a desire earlier this week to pull a prank on our beloved tech director, Wyatt. We met over lunch on Thursday to scheme together. Long story short, I diverted his attention to the stage while Cory’s wife played a crazy noise through the board and Cory set of a small explosion in the sound booth, making Wyatt believe the sound board blew up. It was AMAZING, and his reaction was priceless. It was probably the most elaborate prank I have ever been a part of… all because we love the brother. I am so thankful to be a part of a team that worships and serves Jesus together, loves one another, and laughs together. It really is a beautiful thing, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

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This weekend, we continued our Romans series, focusing on Romans 12:1-21. In his message, our adult ministries pastor, David Hinkle, taught about the appropriate response and sacrifice to our great God because of all He has done for us. It was a challenging message with a strong call to renew our commitment to follow Christ with all that we are. You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Our God’s Alive” (Em) [Andy Cherry, Jason Ingram, Dan Muckala]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship – Congregational Scripture Reading – Romans 12:1-2
“Let Me Sing” (Bb) [Todd Fields]
“Glory To God Forever” (Bb) [Steve Fee, Vicky Beeching]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
“The Wonderful Cross” (D) [Isaac Watts, Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, J.D. Walt, Lowell Mason]
Prayer
Message – “Romans 12:1-21” [David Hinkle]

“Take My Life And Let It Be” (D) [Frances Ridley Havergal, Henri Abraham Cesar Malan]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal


“Our God’s Alive”
 – This is a new song that we are teaching in advance for our Easter weekend. This song is by a new artist named Andy Cherry on his newly-released album, Nothing Left To Fear. I highly encourage checking it out. It has many great songs on it, of which we’ll probably be singing a few in the future here at Fellowship. I love this song. It’s a power anthem about Christ’s victory over sin and death, and the hope that we have in Him. Also, it feels very different from most other worship songs I have heard. It has great energy, and it’s fun to sing together. I’m really looking forward to singing it together for Easter!

“Let Me Sing” – We sang this song because it sings very clearly about living a life of worship in response to the sacrifice that Christ made for us. Worshiping with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength is the only fitting response for who Christ is and what He has done for us. When we were enemies and still in our sin, Jesus demonstrated His love for us as the cross, to purchase us with His blood, and to rescue us from sin and death. This song expresses the desire to give an offering of worship that is worthy of our King. This really connected with our focus passage this weekend because of this emphasis.

“Glory To God Forever” – This is a staple for our congregation, although it has been a few months since we sang it together. We sang this song this weekend mainly because of the second verse and the bridge. The second verse sings, “So let my whole life be a blazing offering/ A life that shouts and sings the greatness of our King.” The bridge, of which I have written many times before, sings a prayer of offering to God: “Take my life and let it be/ All for You and all Your glory/ Take my life and let it be Yours.” I love how this song tied in with the message this week.

“Your Great Name” – This was our third week teaching this song to our congregation. I think this will be a staple for us here at Fellowship, because it is a great song of worship, exalting the name of Jesus Christ above every other name – where it rightfully belongs.

“The Wonderful Cross” – This song focused heavily on the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and how anything less than our everything is lacking as an offering to Him. He has given us everything, and He suffered torment and pain on our behalf for our sin, and the only right response is our everything. It “demands my soul, my life, my all.”

“Take My Life And Let It Be” – This hymn was our response song this weekend. We also took up the offering as we sang together. I like how this song goes through the different areas of our lives and offers each specifically as an offering to God for Him to use for His kingdom and His glory. He is worthy of all that we are and all that we have.

This weekend was a great weekend of worship. It was good to be feeling better again. I’m excited about some of the new songs we have added recently, and I am really looking forward to a great celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter. God is doing great things in our midst, and I am thankful to be a part of it.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This weekend, we continued our Romans series, focusing on Romans 11. In his message, Joe taught about God’s sovereignty and His faithful legacy for us, where He goes above and beyond anything we have experienced anywhere else. He is so good to us. You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Everlasting God” (Bb) [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship
“Forever Reign” (Ab) [Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan]
“You Are God Alone (Not A god)” (Ab) [Billy Foote, Cindy Foote]
“Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
Prayer
Message – “Romans 11” [Joe Hishmeh]

“Lord Of All” (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal


“Everlasting God”
– This one is another staple here at Fellowship. Our people connect well with it, and it speaks great truth from Isaiah chapter 40.

“Forever Reign” – This is one of our church’s favorite songs. Sarah Oldberg led us on this one, and our people sang well on it in each of the services.

“You Are God Alone (Not A god)” – This was a new song for our congregation (in worship anyways), and it is one of my favorite songs. Billy and Cindy Foote wrote it, and it was made fairly popular by CCM artists Philips, Craig, and Dean. I still prefer the original, as Cindy Foote has a very powerful voice that connects well with the message of the song. Sarah led us on this one as well, and she did a great job doing so.

“Your Great Name” – This song is still fairly new to our congregation, as we only introduced it last weekend during communion. I love how this song declares the power of the name of Jesus.

“Lord Of All” – This remains one of my favorites, and a favorite for our congregation. It was also a great fit for the message this weekend, as we spoke of the mystery and sovereignty of God. Jesus is the Lord of all!

This weekend was a good weekend of worship, albeit somewhat challenging. Both Sarah and I were sick this weekend, and it was a very good thing that we were sharing leadership this weekend, so we could get through it. I am so thankful for our great team who steps up and makes it happen week-in and week-out.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This weekend, we continued our Romans series, focusing on Romans 10:8 – 17. In his message, Joe taught about God’s plan of salvation for the nations, and how we must be the ones to go and tell about what Jesus has done. We are participants in the gospel, and God calls us into spreading the message to the people we encounter. We are the only option – as Joe says, “There is no Plan B.” You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“Say Say” (Bb) [Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, Chris Tomlin]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship
“Glorious Day” (B) [Michael Bleecker, J. Wilbur Chapman]
“Stronger” (B) [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]

“Jesus Paid It All” (B) [John T. Grape, Elvina M. Hall, w/ additional chorus by Alex Nifong]

Time of Reflection/Prayer
Message – “Romans 10:8 – 17” [Joe Hishmeh]

Communion Intro
Communion Song – “Your Great Name” (Bb) [Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff]
Taking of Elements
Song Reprise – “Your Great Name” (Bb)
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal


“Say Say”
– Because of the focus passage for this weekend (which includes Romans 10:9 – “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”), we opened our services with this song. We taught this song to our congregation a few months ago, and haven’t sung it too frequently since that time. It was one of the first that I introduced here to Fellowship. I love the call of this song on our lives, for us to declare with boldness and sincerity that Jesus is King. This song inspires confidence in the truth of the gospel, and these are the kinds of words I think we need to be encouraging one another with when we sing together in worship.

“Glorious Day” – This is a song that we began teaching a few weeks ago, and I continue to love how this song ties the past, present, and future of the gospel message all together. I think it is a solid song of celebrating what Christ has accomplished at the cross and in His resurrection, and also what He will accomplish in His return. We have many amazing reasons to worship our King!

“Stronger” – This song, while written somewhat recently, has the feel (in the lyric, anyway) of being almost like a creed. I love the simple declarations throughout the song, and the bridge sings of exalting Jesus’ name because of what He has done. It is also one of the few new worship songs that is truly in 3/4, which gives it a unique feel throughout. I really enjoy singing this song, and singing out what Jesus has accomplished.

“Jesus Paid It All” -This song is one of our favorites here, and for good reason. It is a simple confession of our dependence on Jesus and His finished work on the cross, and a powerful declaration of praise for what He accomplished for us in His resurrection. We were dead, but now we are alive in Him, and that is the main motivation we have sing and exalt Him.

“Your Great Name” – This song is new to our congregation, so we introduced it during our communion time this weekend. I first heard this from the writer, Michael Neale, at a conference in Florida. It was made popular by Natalie Grant. What I found interesting is that Natalie Grant sings the harmony during the chorus and the bridge, but sings it as though it is the melody. Both the harmony and the melody of this song are very nice lines, so it works really well. I love this song because it clearly declares the name of Jesus and exalts Him for who He is and what He has done. There is salvation and power in no other name, and we should speak it out with confidence, hope, and faith. Our congregation really connected with this song (surprisingly so), and we will definitely be singing it together again. The video to which I linked in the title of the song also has the lyric on it. I’d love to hear your thoughts about this song, and if you have sung it in your congregations.

This weekend was a strong weekend of worship with a very clear focus on the gospel and on proclaiming it to the world around us.  I love celebrating the Lord’s Supper with our congregation, and remembering what Jesus has done. He is so good and faithful to us, even when we are faithless. He is so worthy of all of our praise and glory!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This weekend, we continued our Romans series, focusing on Romans 9:30 – 10:4. In his message, Joe preached about God’s sovereignty, and how we need to be zealous for the things that last and the things that matter. Ultimately, those things are God, His Word, and people. It is easy to lose sight of those things, and to get caught up in things that don’t last and don’t matter. One of those things is our own attempts at making ourselves righteous before God, which we really cannot do. We cannot justify ourselves on our own merit. We need the redemption that is only found in the finished work of Jesus Christ. You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

“The Solid Rock” (E) [Trent Austin, William B. Bradbury, Kendall Combs, Charlie Hall, Edward Mote]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship
“Nothing But The Blood” (D) [Robert Lowry, with additional bridge by Andy Cherry]
“Happy Day” (Bb) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]

“You Alone Can Rescue” (Bb) [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin]

“Rock Of Ages” (Bb) [Thomas Hastings, Augustus M. Toplady]
Time of Reflection/Prayer
Message – “Romans 9:30 – 10:4” [Joe Hishmeh]

Offering/Announcements
Dismissal


“The Solid Rock”
– We sang this modern arrangement of a timeless hymn as our opening song this weekend, to point to the only solid foundation we can have for our eternal life – Jesus Christ. It is only in His complete and finished work on the cross that we have salvation and hope for eternity. We can depend on nothing else. The gospel is Jesus plus nothing. We are completely incapable of saving ourselves. Jesus is the only way of salvation for us. As this great hymn says in the chorus, “all other ground is sinking sand.”

“Nothing But The Blood” – This is another modern hymn arrangement, done by a newer artist, Andy Cherry. He was one of the worship leaders at the Re:Create Conference I attended a few weeks ago in Nashville, and his label shared a pre-release album with all of us. This was one of the songs we sang with him while we were at the conference, and I loved how his treatment of the song really captured the power and confidence of the lyric, along with a great added chorus, which sings, “The blood of Jesus is enough for me/ Oh, the blood of Jesus is enough.” You can hear his rendition of this song streaming on his website. I really encourage you to pick up his whole album when it is released in March. It was produced by Jason Ingram, and many of the songs were co-written by Ingram. I’m really enjoying it!

“Happy Day” – This song is a staple for our church, and it was a great fit for the subject matter of this weekend, as we declare that it is Jesus alone who saves us and rescues us from sin and death. We had no hope apart from Him, so there is great cause for celebration because of what He has done for us. We have been made alive together with Christ!

“You Alone Can Rescue” – We sang this song this weekend because it states the major truth of this weekend simply and clearly: Jesus alone can rescue us. There is no other way for us to be saved, nor is there any other way to eternal life. He is our salvation and our hope, and we cannot save ourselves. There is great freedom in declaring this truth together, because it frees us from the delusion that we can do anything to affect our eternal destination; it is only because of Jesus that we have life.

“Rock of Ages” – When I first heard Ascend The Hill’s rendition of this song on their hymns album (Take The World, But Give Me Jesus), I was incredibly moved. It is such a desperate cry of dependence on the finished work of Christ for us. I think the lyric and the melody do a good job of communicating that desperation and hopelessness apart from Christ’s death on the cross in our place. What a beautiful song! Other than my guitar going really out of tune on this song during the last service, it went really well. We had a time of quiet reflection after this song, where we confessed areas of our life where we weren’t trusting God, and where we’ve tried to find our hope and joy in things other than Him. He is our only source of true hope, joy, and peace. We need to depend on Him and trust Him fully, because He will not disappoint our hope in Him.

This weekend was a good weekend overall. We tried some different things with our service order, in order to try and simplify the flow of our services: we set up a countdown at the beginning of the services that included some key memory verses from our study through the book of Romans; we took out the response song and moved that time earlier in our service; and we also moved a song to the start of the time as a definitive start to each of the services. We had been doing a “Time of Preparation” prior to our services, with the hopes that people would take advantage of that time to prepare their hearts for meeting with the Lord together and to have some quiet time after the hustle of getting themselves and their families to the service. What we found, however, was that it served to muddy the actual “start time” of our services, and people were actually showing up later, not earlier. Regardless, I am in favor of occasionally changing things around in order for us not to become too attached to any kind of order or flow of a service. We often tend to pay less attention to things when we think we know what is coming next.

I am thankful for the opportunities we had this weekend to glorify our Savior. I am so grateful for the sacrifice He made for us, and for how He has rescued us. He is worthy of all praise and honor and glory, with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. He is good.

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This weekend, we continued our Romans series, and focused on Romans 8:31-39. In his message, Joe talked through the five rhetorical questions in this passage, and reminded us all of God’s amazing and unfailing love.  I was really challenged to let go of my past and my old slavery to sin, and to move toward Christ and trust in Him will every area of my life. We have a new life because Christ has loved us, and we don’t need to look back. We need to look to Christ. You can listen to the entire message here.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation/Prayer
“Healing Is In Your Hands” (C) [Daniel Carson, Christy Nockels, Nathan Nockels, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin]
Welcome/Greeting Time
(Child Dedications – at 5 PM and 10:45 AM services only)
“Desert Song” (D) [Brooke Fraser]
“Unchanging” (G) [Chris Tomlin]
“Our God” (G) [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin
]
“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” (G) [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman]
Message – “Romans 8:31-39” [Joe Hishmeh]
“It Is Well” (Bb) [Philip Paul Bliss, Todd Fields, Horatio G. Spafford]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal


“Healing Is In Your Hands”
– We sang this song as our preparation song this weekend, as we focused on how we are held by the promise of Jesus’ powerful and unconquerable love. He is faithful, and nothing will ever separate us from His love (Rom. 8:35). This is such a beautiful song (originally sung by Christy Nockels on the album, Passion: Here For You.), and it does a wonderful job of calling out our trust, faith, and confidence in Christ’s unending love for us. Becky Tindell did a great job of leading us on this song.

“Desert Song” – We opened the second music set with this song, and Becky led us here as well. This song declares our faith and trust in the Lord no matter what we are facing in this life. In good times and bad, He is with us, and He is worthy of our praise. This song continues to be a staple of our congregation’s worship vocabulary, and our church sings it well together.

“Unchanging” – We sang this song this weekend because it also stands firm on the fact that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8 ESV). In we declare the unchanging character and love of God. We can trust and depend on who He is, and that flows out into how He cares for us and interacts with us. Because He never changes and never fails, we can trust the word which He has spoken, saying that He will love us “with an everlasting love” (Jer. 31:3).

“Our God” – This song tied directly to our passage from this weekend, particularly in the bridge where we sing, “And if our God is for us/ Then who could ever stop us?/ And if our God is with us/ What could stand against?” We abbreviated this song for the services with the child dedications, but we wanted to keep this declaration in our services, as we sing out the truth of the scripture passage from this week.

“10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)” – This is a song that we began teaching our congregation last weekend as Erik and Sarah Oldberg led our congregation. I LOVE this song. When you hear it for the first time, it feels like you’ve heard it before. It has a sort of timeless melody to it, and it makes me want to sing it out. The chorus is simple and strong: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul/ Worship His holy name/ Sing like never before, O my soul/ I’ll worship Your holy name.” Our congregation is singing it well, and I think this will remain a part of our worship vocabulary here at Fellowship.

“It Is Well” – This was our response song this weekend. I have written a lot about this song previously, so I’ll keep this short. I love how this song ties a timeless hymn with a new declaration of trust and praise in an added chorus. I think it helps to connect a new generation with a beautiful expression of trust in God’s faithfulness – no matter the circumstances.

This weekend was a good weekend overall. We celebrated child dedications with many young families in our church, which was a beautiful thing of which to be a part. We also celebrated baptisms after each service. In one of these baptisms on Saturday evening, a young man baptized his dad after leading him to Christ. What a powerful moment! I love being a part of this congregation and seeing how the Lord is moving.

We had a few technical gremlins show up on Saturday evening with our in-ears and some other things. During most of the service at 7 PM, I was getting shocked every time my lips touched the microphone. Not fun. I have no idea what was happening there. Everything was worked out on Sunday morning, so it’s all good.

The bottom line is that Jesus was glorified and exalted because of His great love with which He loved us. He is faithful and unchanging, and we can trust in Him and in His love. He is so good to us!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

p.s. don’t forget to check out The Worship Community!

This weekend, we continued our Romans series, and focused on Romans 5:1-10. In his message, Joe shared about what the life of a believer looks like because of what Christ has done. He talked about how we are now reconciled to God, and as a result we have peace and rest with Him. You can listen to the entire message here. Because of the focus of Joe’s message, we emphasized our new standing with God because of His great love for us. We have hope and life because of Him.

Here’s our service plan from this weekend:

Time of Preparation/Prayer
“Jesus You” (E) [Bill Horn]
Welcome/Greeting Time
Call To Worship – Psalm 33:1ff
“Your Grace Is Enough” (G) [Matt Maher]
“I Stand Amazed” (G) [Charles H. Gabriel]
“Because Of Your Love” (G) [Phil Wickham
]
Message – “Romans 5:1-10” [Joe Hishmeh]
Communion Song – “In My Place” (Eb) [Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell]
“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (Eb) [Edwin O. Excell, John Newton, Louie Giglio, John P. Rees, Chris Tomlin]
Offering/Announcements
Dismissal


“Jesus You”
– We sang this song as our preparation song this weekend, because it was written partially from chapter 5 of Romans. The certain hope that we have because of what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf is the focus of this section of Romans and is also the ultimate focus of this song.

“Your Grace Is Enough” – This song remains a staple for us at Fellowship. We don’t sing it as often as maybe we once did, but it is a great song of celebration as we express our confidence in the finished work of Christ on our behalf. His grace is sufficient for us, and we look nowhere else for our salvation. Jesus is the one who has saved us; we did not save ourselves.

“I Stand Amazed” – This song was fitting for this weekend, because it points to our previous status of condemnation before God, our redemption through the work of Christ, and the future hope we have when Christ returns. Our church sings this song well. We may have set the click a little fast early in the weekend, but it was still a great song with which to celebrate our Savior’s great and marvelous love for us.

“Because Of Your Love” – I love how this song declares that living our lives for God’s glory is the fitting response to what He has done for us through the cross. We only have true life because of what Christ has accomplished for us. He endured our pain and our penalty in our place as our substitute, giving His life up selflessly, and now we can give our own lives selflessly for Him and for others.

“In My Place”This was a new song that wanted to introduce for our communion time this weekend. I have been listening to this song for the past year or two, and I finally found my opportunity to introduce it here at Fellowship. I love the lyrical focus and the beauty of this song about the cross. We brought it down from G to Eb, and I think it was much more singable for our congregation in that range. I’m still not sold on whether this song could work in our setting for a congregational song, because there are lot of implied notes that the melody pulls out, such as starting on a major 7 (G)of the chord that the rest of the band is playing (Ab). I think it will still be at least a fantastic communion and preparation song in the future. We’ll see how else we can use it. Here’s the lyric:

“In My Place”
Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell

In my place He stood condemned
He who knew no sin
Became sin for us
That we might become His righteousness

Bearing all my sin and shame
The punishment and blame
He conquered the grave
That we might become the heirs of grace

In my place, Jesus died
The spotless Lamb laid down His life
The wrath of God was satisfied
In my place, Jesus died

Nail-pierced hands, bleeding side,
His body bruised, my God crucified
Crown of thorns, dying cries,
His flesh was torn, my God crucified

Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” – This was our response song this weekend. This is another great song that we haven’t done very often, and it was a great fit for this weekend. I love singing of our chains being gone and of our newfound freedom in Christ.

On a side note, my wife and I were talking about 2 Chronicles 20 this weekend, and how God called Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah to merely stand before their enemies, who were on their doorstep and about to attack. The people of God went out to face their attackers, and they worshiped the Lord. As they did, God won the victory for them, and their enemies destroyed themselves without the people of Judah lifting a finger against them. They merely trusted in the Lord, and He fought for them. In this passage, there is an interesting correlation between worship and prayer and trusting in the Lord. Really, when we are doing the first two things sincerely and with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, it is because we are also trusting God. When we depend and trust in Him, we get the opportunity to see Him move in powerful ways, and He gets all the glory. I pray that we, as the people of God through Christ Jesus, would trust in the Lord so completely that our worship and prayer together would reflect that. He is worthy of our trust, and He is worthy of our worship–ALL of it.

This weekend was a great time of celebrating the life, hope, and peace that we have because of Christ, and then celebrating through communion together as well. Praise God for the love that led Jesus to the cross in our place to save us!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,
Bill

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